Advance tickets for the Born & Brewed Tucson Beer Cup challenge at Hotel Congress on Friday are long gone, but don't sweat it.

Fifty tickets have been held back and will be available to buy at the door.

The evening features six local microbreweries - Nimbus, Borderlands, Dragoon, Thunder Canyon, Barrio Brewing and 1702 - all battling it out for beer dominance.

"It will be like the Stanley Cup for beer," said David Slutes, entertainment director for the hotel. "We wanted something that would get people fired up. It is going to be amazing."

The evening runs from 7 to 10 p.m. For $25, patrons get a keepsake tasting mug, live music, snacks (some free, some not), as well as 12 4-ounce beer samples.

At the end of the night, they also get to vote on who has the best brews in Tucson.

All six breweries will stick around after the event, until about 1 a.m., to serve drinks at the Born & Brewed afterparty, which is free and open to the public.

Visit or call 622-8848 for more information.


Oktoberfest at Mount Lemmon Ski Valley

• What: Tucsonans have enjoyed this alpine festival for more than 30 years. German food, beer, music and dancing.

• When: Noon-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Saturday through Oct. 14.

• Where: Ski Valley, 10300 Ski Run Road, Mount Lemmon.

• Admission: Free; $5 parking.

• Info:

Tucson Oktoberfest

• What: Now in its 11th year, this event includes German food, beer and wine, along with artists and crafters, children's activities and music. Wiener Dog Races on Sept. 29.

• When: 5-10 p.m. next Thursday; noon-11 p.m. Sept. 28; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sept. 29; noon-5 p.m. Sept. 30.

• Where: Hi Corbett Field, 700 S. Randolph Way.

• Tickets: $3; free age 12 and under; discounts available.

26th Annual Sun Sounds Great Tucson Beer Festival

• What: Scores of beers, including local brews, in addition to food samples from Tucson-area restaurants, games and music by '80s and Gentlemen.

• When: 6-10 p.m. Oct. 6.

• Where: Hi Corbett Field, 700 S. Randolph Way.

• Tickets: $45 general admission; $80 VIP tickets. Discounts available.

Bisbee 1000 Craft Beer Festival

• What: This craft beer showcase joins one of the nation's most unusual fitness challenges - climbing 1,000 stairs throughout this picturesque mile-high town.

• When: 1-7 p.m. Oct. 19; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 20.

• Where: Copper Queen Plaza and Convention Center.

• Tickets: $25 ($20 for Bisbee 1000 stair climb participants) buys souvenir beer tasting mug and 10 beer tickets. Partial proceeds benefit Verhelst Recovery House and Bisbee Foundation.